BY: Arvin J. Pearlman | IN: Railroaders
Railroaders have a demanding, often dangerous job and many sustain serious work-related injuries. Often times, those injuries are not the immediate result of one incident such as a broken arm from a fall or severe burn from a hot surface – instead, a railroad worker’s injury can occur slowly over time, the consequence of what is known as cumulative trauma or repetitive stress injuries.
After years or even decades on the job, railroaders can sustain cumulative trauma to their bones, joints, muscles, tendons, spinal cord, and nerves. The resulting injuries can be just as life-altering and debilitating as a fracture or crush incident, exposing railroaders to significant, long-term pain, extended treatment and rehabilitation, and medical costs, as well as lost wages and benefits if they are forced to stop working.
There are several sources of cumulative trauma for railroaders, including:
No matter the source or type, cumulative trauma can have a debilitating effect on a railroader’s body, causing, among other things:
Cumulative trauma injuries are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act, which allows railroaders to seek compensation if they are injured due to their employer’s negligence. If you work on or around railways and believe you have sustained a cumulative trauma injury on the job, please contact us today to discuss your situation.
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Arvin Pearlman is nationally recognized for his work on behalf of railroad workers who were injured or killed in the course of their employment. Since concentrating his practice on Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation in 1979, Arvin has tried countless personal injury cases before judges and juries across the United States.